Unbound founder Bob Hentzen walked thousands of miles in solidarity with the families in our program to let them know they were not alone, that our community of sponsors, staff and volunteers were with them to counterbalance the isolating effects of poverty. He also sought to raise awareness of the realities and capabilities of marginalized people.
It is not in our fullness but in our hunger and thirst that we revive the belief of others, as it was for Saint Teresa of Kolkata. Sr. Margaret Kerry, fsp recalls the saint’s influence on her ministry to city children.
The Order of Malta Clinic is helping address difficulties faced by the working poor by providing free, primary care medical services to over 2,500 uninsured patients a year in the Bay Area — among them the neediest in Oakland — making it one of California’s most active providers of health care to the area’s working poor.
On a family dream vacation, Jay Cuasay did not plan for all the homeless people in San Francisco. At first worried for the safety of his child, he invites his daughter to do outreach with the poor.
Beneranda lives in Nicaragua with her husband and sons in a small cinder block home. It is a humble dwelling, but one she waited more than 50 years to own. Beneranda is filled with gratitude and considers herself greatly blessed. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., let us be inspired by those who, like Beneranda, have been blessed with that priceless gift of gratitude.
Stereotypes about those living in poverty are everywhere — that the poor are lazy or they just want handouts. But Henry Flores, director of the Unbound communications center in El Salvador, has been working with the poor for more than 20 years and sees beyond the stereotypes.
For as long as I can remember I essentially had one desire for my life: perfection… Yet my heavenly Father, through tragedies and painful times, took me to the place I had tried so hard to avoid, the place I least wanted to go: the place of my own great inner poverty… Yet there was my treasure, for there I encountered His goodness and mercy.